Three Lions Earn Preseason All-WCC Honors

Senior Kelli Sugimoto is a Preseason All-WCC honoree.
Aug. 27, 2015

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SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Senior Kelli Sugimoto and juniors Danielle Shanahan and Kayla de Bondt were named to the 2015 All-WCC Preseason Women’s Cross Country Team, the league office announced Thursday. LMU’s women’s team was selected to finish third in the 10-team field while the men were the preseason fifth selection among nine teams. The preseason poll and preseason All-WCC squad were voted on by the WCC cross country head coaches.

This marks the second straight Preseason All-WCC selection for Shanahan, who was WCC Freshman of the Year and an All-WCC honorable mention selection in 2013 before earning first team honors and a third-place individual finish at the 2014 WCC Championships.

Sugimoto was a second team All-WCC honoree last fall after placing 14th overall at the league championship meet. de Bondt placed 20th overall as the Lion women took third in the team standings.

The Lion men squad placed sixth at the WCC Championships in 2014 and returns six of its top seven finishers from last year’s league title meet. That returning core includes sophomores Jack Polerecky, who set an LMU freshman record at the 2015 WCC meet, and Christopher Fredlund. The Lions also add eight freshmen to the 2015 lineup.



LMU begins the 2015 season on Saturday, Sept. 5, as both squads compete at the Mark Covert Classic hosted by Cal State Fullerton.

2015 WCC Preseason Women’s Cross Country Coaches Poll
TEAM (First Place Vote), POINTS

1. BYU (7), 79
2. Portland (2), 71
3. LMU, 61
T4. Gonzaga (1), 57
T4. San Francisco, 57
6. San Diego, 39
7. Santa Clara, 35
8. Saint Mary’s, 20
9. Pacific, 18
10. Pepperdine, 13

2015 All-WCC Preseason Women’s Cross Country Team

Elena Burkard, San Francisco, Jr.
Kayla de Bondt, LMU, Jr.
Amelia Evans, Gonzaga, Sr.
Carrie Jube, BYU, Sr.
Anne Luijten, Portland, Sr.
Shelby Mills, Gonzaga, Sr.
Sanna Mustonen, Portland, Sr.
Jennica Redd, BYU, Sr.
Danielle Shanahan, LMU, Jr.
Kelli Sugimoto, LMU, Sr.

McKenzie Weir, BYU, So.

2015 WCC Preseason Men’s Cross Country Coaches Poll
TEAM (First Place Vote), POINTS

1. BYU (6), 62
2. Portland (3), 59
3. Gonzaga, 48
4. San Francisco, 40
5. LMU, 32
6. Santa Clara, 30
7. Saint Mary’s, 29
8. San Diego, 16
9. Pepperdine, 8

2015 All-WCC Preseason Men’s Cross Country Team

Gabe Arias-Sheridan, Saint Mary’s, So.
Reid Buchanan, Portland, Gr.
Aaron Fletcher, BYU, Sr.
Timo Goehler, Portland, Sr.
Spencer Hanson, BYU, Jr.
Jonathan Harper, BYU, Jr.
Danny Martinez, Portland, Jr.
Connor McMillan, BYU, So.
Jonathan Nelson, BYU, Sr.
Keegan Symmes, Portland, So.

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